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Publisher's Summary

When Robbie Bishop, star midfielder for the Bradfield Vics, is poisoned by a rare and deadly toxin, profiler Dr Tony Hill and trusted colleague DCI Carol Jordan have their work cut out for them. Then a bomb explodes in the football stadium, causing massive casualties - and another man dies from poisoning. Is there a link between the cases? What are the motives for these crimes? The clock is ticking, and the death toll keeps rising....

©2007 Val McDermid (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The queen of British crime.... McDermid is a consummate plotter so there are pleasing twists and turns in this first-rate story." ( Observer)
"The Queen of serial killers in this country keeps her end up...few can scoop Val on throat-clutching narrative.... Marvellous." ( Daily Mail)

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  • Dr. J. Crawford
  • 24-01-2017

Good but spoilt by narrator

An unlikely plot but quite entertaining. Like many of this series it is spoilt by the reader. He sounds prim and elderly and poor old Saul just doesn't do accents (with possible exception of a rather comic, constipated scouse).

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  • colin clews
  • 24-11-2015

good story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm making my way through all of the Hill and Jordan series and i enjoyed the story but the very poor accents put on my the narrator really annoyed me and i'm now not sure about the the rest of the series now

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

very poor regional accents

If this book were a film would you go see it?

yes

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  • A. Macgregor
  • 26-05-2016

Not one of my favourites

To be honest the relationship between the two protagonists is starting to get a bit on my wick by this point!

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  • Mr. N. J. Richardson
  • 14-05-2018

Great UK based thriller

This is highly enjoyable. The ideas are perhaps better than the delivery. Felt a bit rushed at the end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-2018

Pronunciation

Enjoyed this book as much as others in the series but was annoyed that the narrator hadn’t done his homework. It’s di- j- oxin not di-g-oxin and annik Castle not olnwick.

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  • S. Rifflart
  • 27-01-2018

Good series

Having seen one or two of the TV programs it was great to get back to the source material. However I don’t enjoy the narrator. He seems to labour over the dialogue and some of the accents are terrible. For instance a so called welsh accent sounded like an Indian accent. However if I want to continue with the series I have no choice but put up with it. And it’s worth it!

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  • cumbriaman
  • 20-01-2018

Poor accents

Some of the accents did not ring true. The Welsh accent sounded Asian and another accent soundedJapanese.

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  • Suzanne
  • 15-01-2018

A good read

A well paced crime story with a current feel to it. A very good listen.

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  • graham
  • 09-12-2017

Not great, but enjoyable

The Downs;
I hate it when you have Made up towns with made up Soccer teams..
I hate when the writer has little understanding of football.
I hate when Writers use blasé cliche's..ie four blokes watching a live premiership footie game on the sofa of an ex council house all wearing England shirts drinking Stella...Oh Come on..really?..Please!!!
The fat IT expert with Pony tail and BO..please!!
The Fascistic crew cut armed Police...


Saul Reichlin..a good narrator but all his characters sound like they should be in a Black and white 1950's film..i prefer his versions of norwegian noir..
Sauls accents are so poor..my wife laughed her socks off when she walked into the bedroom when i was listening...you have to suspend belief.

The Story is far fetched and unbelievable.

The Good;
I like the Tony and Carol combination.

General; A not bad book that could have been really Good..

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  • Susan
  • 29-10-2017

Another intricate case

Val McDermid again teases the reader with complex and intertwined murder cases against the ongoing background of Tony and Carol's relationship. A page turner narrated well by Saul Reichlin - although the mispronounced Alnwick did bring me up short!